Published by Penguin on March 7th 2013
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
Room meets Lord of the Flies, The Bunker Diary is award-winning, young adult writer Kevin Brooks's pulse-pounding exploration of what happens when your worst nightmare comes true - and how will you survive?Amazon •
I can't believe I fell for it.
It was still dark when I woke up this morning.
As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was.
A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete.
There are six little rooms along the main corridor.
There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out.
What's he going to do to me?
What am I going to do?
If I'm right, the lift will come down in five minutes.
It did. Only this time it wasn't empty . . .
Linus’ character is a rich 16-year-old but has been living on the streets for the better part of a year because of problems with his father. He’s not a spoiled-rich-kid character- he seems really down to earth and quite smart at times. “The Bunker Diary” is a notebook of his thoughts, ideas, and mindless ramblings he keeps as he’s held captive in an underground bunker by the mysterious man who kidnapped him.
It’s easy to figure out what’s going to happen in the first part of the story when Linus describes the bunker- so easy I was disappointed when the character himself didn’t pick up on it until it was pointed out to him way later in the book.
What I really wanted to see was multiple points of view. There were six characters trapped in the bunker and six notepads where noted to be left in the rooms, setting up for the multiple points, but we only get Linus’. This is really disappointing because the characters are so different from each other and it would have been interesting to see their views on being trapped in the bunker with the others.
The ending can go several ways, depending on your preferences. I didn’t mind how it ended, because the book did proclaim that it is a Diary and a character wrote the diary; not a higher power narrator. If you don’t like ending that might be left unresolved, you might not like this book too much.
Overall, The Bunker Diary is a nice little thriller that can be a satisfying quick read.